Cadiz-Trigg County Tourism is using almost $90,000 in funds the agency is receiving to promote attractions in the community.

Jamie Lewis of the Cadiz-Trigg County Tourist and Convention Commission noted that the tourism group will likely use $12,208 in Economic Development Assistance grant funds for a visitor guide that can be mailed out to people requesting information about the area.

“It has to be used for advertising,” Lewis said.

She noted that the economic development funds have to be spent by December of 2023.

The commission also recently has received $8,405 in matching funds that is reimbursement for funds the commission already spent last year for advertising and promotion.

Additionally, Lewis said tourism is applying for $63,000 in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds that the agency is considering using for wayfaring signs which will be permanent fixtures to highlight attractions in the community and tell visitors how to get to those attractions.

Lewis said the deadline for applying for the ARPA funds is the end of this month, with the agency to submit information on how the funds will be spent. Local tourism must also provide a 10% match, or $6,300, for the ARPA funds.

Lewis said the tourism agency is also seeking to purchase a used vehicle to wrap with the tourism logo and other information about Cadiz.

Tourism representative Kerry Allen goes to a lot of shows and events like the Kentucky State Fair, she said, and wrapping the vehicle will provide another avenue for promoting the local community when he attends these other events.

Lewis noted that the last Cadiz Cruz-In for this year will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct 1 in downtown Cadiz.

The September event was canceled due to threats of rain on that Labor Day weekend.

She noted that recent reports show a 23% increase in the economic impact of tourism across the state when compared to 2021.

The tourism agency met on Sept. 13 at its office on Hopkinsville Road and will have its next meeting at 4 p.m. Nov. 8 at the office.

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or tgrace@kentuckynewera.com.

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or tgrace@kentuckynewera.com.

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